Grid-based large-scale Web3D collaborative virtual environment
This paper presents a grid-based large-scale web3D collaborative virtual environment that has the capability of scaling across multiple geographically dispersed resources. The architecture consists of distributed mobile agents working cooperatively in supporting and managing the web3D collaborative virtual environments. The mobile agents' tasks include managing persistency and consistency of the virtual worlds, maintaining reliability and efficiency of user interactions, ensuring security and integrity of data and systems. The mobile agents are autonomous and have the ability of migrating among hosts to maximize resource utilizations. Grid technologies allow the mobile agents to execute and communicate securely in multiple administrative domains. Grid-based scheduling components and polices are integrated to provide intelligent resource optimizations. Furthermore, a better load-balancing can be achieved by utilizing additional or more accurate information like data-user proximity and hosts' workload. The result will be a more scalable and robust architecture for supporting large-scale web3D collaborative virtual environment.